Are there extra penalties for carrying a gun during a crime in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Dec 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yes, if the person used the gun in conscious furtherance of the crime.

Whenever somebody gets convicted of an offense in Nevada, the judge will order a longer sentence if the defendant used a deadly weapon to carry out the crime. Examples include:

  • Holding up a cashier by pointing a gun at him/her
  • Hitting somebody with a gun to hurt him/her
  • Shooting a gun in attempt to kill someone

Merely brandishing a gun during the commission of a crime could be sufficient to warrant the weapons enhancement penalty in Nevada. But if the defendant keeps the gun completely hidden during the crime, then there is a good chance the sentence enhancement will not attach.

After a Nevada court finds that a defendant used a gun (or any deadly weapon) in the commission of a crime, the judge has to increase the underlying sentence from one to twenty years; however, the length of the enhancement may be no longer than the length of the underlying sentence. For example, a five year sentence for robbery can be increased to no more than ten years total if the defendant used a gun in the commission of the robbery.

Note that the sentence enhancement for using a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime in Nevada runs concurrently with the sentence for the underlying crime; judges may not run the two sentences concurrently.  Also note that there will not be a sentence enhancement if using a gun is a required element of the underlying crime itself, such as furnishing weapons to prisoners or discharging a gun into a building.

Nevada judges deliberate over various factors when deciding the length of the weapon sentence enhancement. These include:

  • the defendant's criminal history, and
  • the nature of the crime, and
  • how the crime affected the victim

Read more information about Nevada laws for using a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime.

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Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).


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